The Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace is a beautifully restored and maintained example of a classic Art Deco theater in North Sydney. It would not be incorrect to call the place a living museum. The fixtures, fittings, and decor are impeccably restored and maintained. Smiles and courtesy from the neat, polite and uniformed staff are harken back to the golden age of cinema. A movie here is a true pleasure and a different level of experience.
The main, National Trust protected, “Orpheum” auditorium is supplemented by five smaller cinemas to form the Picture Palace. The grand foyer outside the Orpheum auditorium houses the Piano Bar, where you can enjoy a cocktail while you wait for your show to begin.
In addition to first-run international, and Australian films, the Hayden Orpheum participates in local film festivals and offers special events such as the I ♡ Retro series that drew me to the theater for a Terminator/Robocop double feature. At AU$10 for one film and $AU15 for a double feature, you can see Labyrinth (April 17, 2013), The Neverending Story (May 19th, 2013), Forrest Gump (June 2, 2013) or the director’s cuts of both Alien and Aliens (July 21, 2013).
If you’re a film buff or a fan of art deco architecture, once you’ve had your fill of the typical tourist spots, take in a show at the Hayden Orpheum.
Hayden Orpheum Picture Palace
380 Military Road
Cremorne NSW 2090